(The Heart Sq.) – U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, whose district extends from the Rio Grande alongside the Mexican border to the San Antonio suburbs, is sounding the alarm a couple of potential border disaster in Texas.
Greater than 10,000 unlawful immigrants have been apprehended at a single border sector in Texas in a single week, he says, and the numbers continue to grow.
“We’re weeks, possibly even days, away from a disaster on the southern border. Inaction is just not an possibility,” Cueller mentioned in a information launch. “Our nation is at present unprepared to deal with a surge in migrants in the course of the pandemic.”
This isn’t the primary warning Cuellar has issued about what may very well be an enormous humanitarian disaster on the border, particularly after Border Patrol in Brownsville, not in Cuellar’s district, launched 108 unlawful immigrants into the inhabitants who all examined optimistic for the coronavirus. These launched into the general public have been rapid-tested on the metropolis’s predominant bus station.
Cuellar argues the present coverage of releasing unlawful immigrants into the inhabitants will solely unfold COVID-19 in southern Texas and all through the state.
His workplace launched figures exhibiting that Border Patrol within the Rio Grande Valley arrested roughly 10,000 unlawful immigrants previously week alone, and an extra 2,500 extra have been apprehended in simply two days after he issued the figures.
In response to Border Patrol knowledge, brokers in Texas apprehended 5,700 unaccompanied youngster unlawful immigrants in January alone.
Individuals getting into the U.S. illegally are “probably exposing border communities to the coronavirus and placing us in danger,” Cuellar mentioned, urging the Biden administration “to hear and work with the communities on the southern border who’re coping with the surge of migrants.”
Fellow Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez says Biden’s immigration coverage and proposed immigration invoice is “catastrophic.”
“I can guarantee you, it gained’t be lengthy earlier than we’ve got tens of 1000’s of individuals exhibiting as much as our border, and it’ll be catastrophic for our nation, for my area, for my district,” Gonozalez informed CNN. “In the course of a pandemic, in an space the place we’ve misplaced over 3,000 individuals in my small congressional district … I believe we have to have a greater plan in place.”
In response, the Biden administration blamed former President Donald Trump, whose acknowledged precedence was border safety and who constructed 450 miles of border wall for the primary time in U.S. historical past.
“What we’re seeing now on the border is the fast results of the dismantlement of the system and the time that it takes to rebuild it nearly from scratch,” Secretary of Homeland Safety Alejandro Mayorkas informed reporters, blaming the Trump administration.
Trump replied to the criticism Friday saying, “Our border is now completely uncontrolled due to the disastrous management of Joe Biden.
“Our nice Border Patrol and ICE brokers have been disrespected, demeaned, and mocked by the Biden Administration,” Trump added, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement company.
“A mass incursion into the nation by individuals who shouldn’t be right here is occurring on an hourly foundation, getting worse by the minute. Many have prison data, and lots of others have and are spreading covid,” he wrote in an announcement launched by an middleman.
White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki then informed reporters Friday, “We don’t take our recommendation or counsel from former President Trump on immigration coverage, which was not solely inhumane however ineffective during the last 4 years. We are going to chart our personal path ahead together with treating youngsters with respect and guaranteeing they’re protected once they cross our borders.”
The Biden administration has opened overflow shelters to deal with the inflow of individuals pouring throughout the border and is releasing unaccompanied minors to relations and sponsors within the U.S.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., despatched a letter to Mayorkas on March 1, questioning the administration’s insurance policies, citing reviews of unlawful immigrants being launched into the inhabitants who examined optimistic for COVID-19.
“Refusing to make use of the authorities obtainable to regulation enforcement throughout a world pandemic creates unsafe situations for Border Patrol brokers and the broader public, in addition to for the kids touring to the border,” Johnson wrote. “Not surprisingly, additionally it is leading to a surge on the southwest border that our amenities and infrastructure usually are not in a position to deal with.”